By People Staff
June 12, 2008 12:00 AM
Adam Larkey/ABC

Matt Grant has moved out of fiance Shayne Lamas’s condominium, but the English Bachelor insists that all is well with the two.

The couple have cohabitated at Lamas’s Century City, Calif., place since the Bachelor season ended with Grant presenting Lamas with the rose and an engagement ring. But Grant moved out because he says the two need space to grow.

“I had to get my own life out here (in L.A.),” says Grant. “Get my career and friends and have my own circle. That’s important in a relationship. That you are not entirely on top of someone.”

The couple has been dogged by rumors of discord since their televised engagement, however, Grant says that they are doing well and that living together was always meant to be “a stop-gap.”

“Early on in the relationship, need a little space,” says Grant. “It’s almost to keep the spark — the romance — that exists in the first year of a relationship. Living together after knowing one another after four months is probably a little bit quick. Certainly for our generation.”

Grant does concede it has been “a difficult time” but insists that most of the pressure has come from external forces. He says the two are still engaged despite having moved into his own condo in the Valley. And he insists that he’s had no second thoughts about choosing Lamas: “I made the right decision.”

When asked if the two are in love, Grant responds: “Definitely. I wouldn’t be engaged if I wasn’t.” –Bryan Alexander

Adam Larkey/ABC

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